The primary goal of the project is to speed up application development by bringing pluggable fully operational data management back-end for JPA based applications and to relieve your codebase for more important stuff.

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Programming language: Java
License: Apache License 2.0
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Latest version: v1.2.0.RC1

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LightAdmin - [PoC] Pluggable CRUD UI library for Java web applications

The primary goal of this PoC project is to speed up application development by bringing pluggable fully operational data management back-end for JPA based applications and to relieve your codebase for more important stuff.


  • DSL configurations: Allows developers to easily configure their administration user interface
  • Displaying persistent entities: Customizable Listing & Quick Views with paging & sorting capabilities
  • CRUD operations: Complete entities manipulation support (including their associations)
  • Automatic Validation: JSR-303 annotation-based validation rules support
  • Search: Allows users to search entities by text fields, dates, numeric values & associations
  • Filtering Scopes: Use scopes to filter data by predefined criteria
  • Pluggable Security: Authentication based on Spring Security
  • REST API: Enriching your application with REST API based on Spring Data REST
  • Easy integration: Servlet 2.5/3.0 web applications supported

Integration examples

Documentation & Support

Bug Reports


  • LightAdmin is released under version 2.0 of the Apache License.


You're interested in contributing to LightAdmin? AWESOME. Here are the basic steps:

  • Fork LightAdmin from here: http://github.com/la-team/light-admin
  • Clone your fork
  • Hack away
  • If necessary, rebase your commits into logical chunks, without errors
  • Verify your code by running the test suite, and adding additional tests if able
  • Push the branch up to GitHub
  • Send a pull request to the la-team/light-admin project

We'll do our best to get your changes in!

Getting started

Declare maven dependency for using with Spring 4.0.X directly from Maven Central




For snapshots and LightAdmin compatible with Spring 3.2.X, please declare LA Nexus repositories:


And dependency


Enable LightAdmin web-module in your web.xml if you have one:



  <param-value>[package with @Administration configurations, ex.: org.lightadmin.demo.config]</param-value>

Or enable LightAdmin web-module in your WebApplicationInitializer:

public void onStartup(ServletContext servletContext) throws ServletException {
  servletContext.setInitParameter(LIGHT_ADMINISTRATION_BASE_URL, "/admin");
  servletContext.setInitParameter(LIGHT_ADMINISTRATION_BACK_TO_SITE_URL, "http://lightadmin.org");
  servletContext.setInitParameter(LIGHT_ADMINISTRATION_BASE_PACKAGE, "org.lightadmin.administration");


Include your JPA persistence provider of choice (Hibernate, EclipseLink, OpenJpa) and setup basic Spring JPA configuration.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"

  <bean id="entityManagerFactory" class="org.springframework.orm.jpa.LocalContainerEntityManagerFactoryBean">
    <property name="dataSource" ref="dataSource" />
    <property name="jpaVendorAdapter">
      <bean class="org.springframework.orm.jpa.vendor.HibernateJpaVendorAdapter" />

  <bean id="transactionManager" class="org.springframework.orm.jpa.JpaTransactionManager">
    <property name="entityManagerFactory" ref="entityManagerFactory" />


Create an entity:

public class User {

  @GeneratedValue(strategy = GenerationType.AUTO)
  private Integer id;
  private String firstname;
  private String lastname;

  // Getters and setters

Create an @Administration configuration in the package defined in web.xml previously:

public class UserAdministration extends AdministrationConfiguration<User> {

  public EntityMetadataConfigurationUnit configuration( EntityMetadataConfigurationUnitBuilder configurationBuilder ) {
    return configurationBuilder.nameField( "firstname" ).build();

  public ScreenContextConfigurationUnit screenContext( ScreenContextConfigurationUnitBuilder screenContextBuilder ) {
    return screenContextBuilder
      .screenName( "Users Administration" )
      .menuName( "Users" )

  public FieldSetConfigurationUnit listView( final FieldSetConfigurationUnitBuilder fragmentBuilder ) {
    return fragmentBuilder
      .field( "firstname" ).caption( "First Name" )
      .field( "lastname" ).caption( "Last Name" )

Voila! You have a brand new LightAdmin back-end configured.

Check Out and Build from Source

  1. Clone the repository from GitHub:

    $ git clone git://github.com/la-team/light-admin.git
  2. Navigate into the cloned repository directory:

    $ cd light-admin
  3. The project uses Maven to build:

    $ mvn clean install

Running from the Command Line

By default, the app will run in 'embedded' mode which does not require any external setup. The Tomcat 7 Maven plugin is configured for you in the POM file.

  1. Navigate into demo application directory:

    $ cd lightadmin-sandbox
  2. Launch Tomcat from the command line:

    $ mvn tomcat7:run
  3. Access the deployed webapp at


LightAdmin integration example

We prepared an example how easily you can integrate LightAdmin back-end to existing web application.

It's based on Spring Travel reference application.

  1. Clone the repository from GitHub:

    $ git clone git://github.com/la-team/lightadmin-spring-travel.git
  2. Navigate into the cloned repository directory:

    $ cd lightadmin-spring-travel
  3. The project uses Maven to build:

    $ mvn clean install
  4. Launch Tomcat from the command line:

    $ mvn tomcat7:run
  5. Access the deployed webapp at



Login to LightAdmin:

Login view


Dashboard view

List of persistent entities configured:

List view

Search entities by criteria:

List view & Filtering

Quick view for particular entity:

Quick view

Editing entity:

Form view

Show entity with all fields:

Show view

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the LightAdmin README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.